10/12/2011 11:41 am ET Updated Dec 12, 2011

Little New York in Hydra, Greece

I went to Greece for the first time in 2003. It was on that trip to a few islands in the Cyclades — in fact, on the back of a motorbike one hot afternoon on Naxos — that I began to piece together what would become my first novel. Lightning People takes place mostly in New York City and involves a number of disparate characters trying to come to terms with the messy pieces of their lives. One of the main characters is Greek, a woman named Delphine Kousavos, who is a rattlesnake expert and hails from the tiny Aegean island of Amorgos (at the start of the novel, Del is hoping to gain her green card by marrying the American protagonist).

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